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A new beginning is inevitably preceded by an ending. This post will bring an end to the nine-year run of the Out of the Box blog in its present form. Beginning September 25, the Library of Virginia will launch The UncommonWealth: Voices from the Library of Virginia. This new blog will consolidate Out of the Box and Fit to Print and incorporate other sections of the agency to provide a one-stop resource for interesting and informative posts on the Library’s programs, collections, events, and people.What began as a provocative idea (yes, it was a long time ago) from former archival assistant Dale Dulaney has become one of the most popular outreach tools for the Library. Since Out of the Box launched in May 2010, hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world have logged several million webpage views. Numerous Out of the Box posts are top Google search results translating into access points for researching the Library’s extensive collections. Many scholars, family historians, students, and others have made archival discoveries or family connections thanks to a keyword search that returned an Out of the Box blog post.The UncommonWealth will build on that solid foundation by bringing in more voices and resources with potential impact for the citizens of the Commonwealth and beyond. Post categories like archives, newspapers, and public libraries will guide users to specific content, if that is of interest. The new layout is visually more appealing, up-to-date, and, we hope, user-friendly. All of the old content from Out of the Box has either been migrated to the new site or will still be available through the older WordPress site.

In closing, we would like to offer a sincere thank you to all of our readers. We felt like we had something worth sharing, but we didn’t know if anyone would be interested in reading it. We’re happy that you proved us wrong. Your readership, words of encouragement, and thoughtful comments over the years have been greatly appreciated. We hope that you will continue your support for us by registering for The UncommonWealth.

Sincerely,

Claire, Vince, Roger, Bari, Dale, and Jessica, current and former editors, Out of the Box

 

“History is who we are and why we are the way we are.” –David McCullough

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